November 14, 2013 |
If Vegas is your destination for Thanksgiving, you'll find plenty to be thankful for, including accommodations as cheap as $24 and a bounty of dining options as low as $13. Plus there's a special tree-lighting ceremony that kicks off the holidays. A CheapOair survey found that Las Vegas is the third-most popular destination for U.S. travelers this Thanksgiving. New York and Orlando, Fla., are first and second, respectively. The day before Thanksgiving and the holiday are generally quiet ones for Strip hotels, which explains the prices I found online Wednesday.
November 11, 2013 |
It was an evening to die for. On Saturday, British jewelry designer Stephen Webster hosted a provocative event mixing contemporary art and food in the upstairs gallery above his Rodeo Drive store. Titled "The Last Supper," it was the West Coast debut of photographs depicting the final meals of death row inmates by fellow Brit (and longtime pal) artist Mat Collishaw , with last meal-worthy victuals cooked up by renowned British chef (and another of Webster's across-the-pond posse)
November 8, 2013 |
Thanksgiving is just days away, and it's never too soon to start planning your menu! Food editor Russ Parsons and I will be demonstrating videos of classic dishes on the blog every couple of days to get you in the mood. We're beginning with a Test Kitchen favorite: pumpkin-thyme dinner rolls. This recipe, from food writer Regina Schrambling, is a reminder that a well-made roll is something special. Crisp on the outside but tender at the center, and terrific enough to have been named one of our best recipes of the year in 2002, they adapt easily to even the most crowded holiday schedule.
November 5, 2013 |
You don't just have to be a cereal or beer fan -- or a natural foods junkie -- to love barley. This ancient grain has long been used in a variety of ways, and it's perfect for adding substance and heft to a variety of recipes, from breads to soups and stews, as well as salads. Check out these ideas: Cucumber and yogurt soup with barley: For a soup at once filling and refreshing, you can't beat this recipe, which combines cool cucumbers and yogurt with fresh garlic, mint and dill, along with pearl barley and crunchy walnuts.
November 4, 2013 |
Love pumpkin? Here are some treats that go beyond traditional pie, from pancakes and bread that work well any time of the day, to a rich ice cream for a sweet after-dinner finish. Better yet? They're all vegetarian -- perfect for Meatless Monday. Pumpkin pancakes: Pancakes are an easy dish for any time of the day. This recipe uses canned pumpkin along with a medley of spices for fluffy cakes that come together in less than 30 minutes. Pumpkin bread: Serve a warm slice of this bread alongside a simple salad for an easy dinner idea.
HOME & GARDEN
October 30, 2013 |
They found the home listing in the PennySaver, of all places. Todd Porter and Diane Cu barely glanced at the interior of the run-down three-bedroom, two-bathroom house when they arrived for a walk-through, and instead they headed straight to the sprawling backyard overgrown with brush and suffocated by a giant pine. "We looked at each other and said, 'This is it,'" Porter recalled. PHOTO GALLERY: Inside the "Bountiful" garden The Costa Mesa backyard wasn't neat or squared off like Southern California yards are supposed to be. Instead, the 11,000-square-foot lot was a jagged, oddly shaped U. It was perfect for the couple's plans: To carve out a quiet oasis where they could live a garden-to-plate lifestyle.
October 24, 2013 |
Farms are having a moment. Which, if you've gone to any weddings recently, is not news to you. For many a bride, her big day takes place in a rustic barn with a “farmhouse chic” decor that includes mint juleps served in mason jars. The ambitious bride even sticks her bridesmaids in cowboy boots. “I never thought I'd see the day when … people would want country instead of country club for their wedding,” says Tony Azevedo, who turned his Central Valley farm into a wedding destination . Turns out, the trend-seeking urbanites are providing enough supplemental income to rescue dairy farmers from financial collapse.
October 23, 2013 |
On Thursday, Rivera restaurant sommelier Mark Mendoza will be pouring wines from Patagonia for a special four-course dinner chef/owner John Sedlar has designed around the wines. Owned by Tuscan Piero Incisa della Rochetta (Sassacaia), Bodega Chacra makes Pinot Noir and Merlot in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, and Sedlar and Mendoza will be pairing the night's special menu with four of their wines. The cost for the dinner and wines is $95 per person, not including tax and tip. To reserve, call the restaurant at ( 213)
October 21, 2013 |
The event: The "Grand Inaugural Gala" to celebrate the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Presented by Salvatore Ferragamo, the affair came with cocktails, a gala dinner, fashion show of the Italian designer's latest collection and the first-ever performance in the Center's 500-seat Bram Goldsmith Theater. The setting: The brand new "Wallis," designed by architect Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects to incorporate the city's Italian Renaissance-style post office and temporarily house a pop-up Ferragamo boutique.
October 1, 2013 |
Shareholder activist Carl Icahn broke bread with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Monday to make his case that the company's record stock buyback program was still not enough. Icahn revealed in August that he had purchased about $1 billion worth of Apple's shares. Earlier this year, Apple announced that it had increased its dividend and stock buyback program to more than $100 billion, including $60 billion to buy back shares of the company's stock. Icahn said in his tweet Tuesday that he wants to see the buyback portion increased even further: Had a cordial dinner with Tim last night.